Stuff co.nz 9 February 2018
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A new bill has been signed into law giving domestic partners similar rights as married couples – but without the legal title.
In an unusual move, Bermuda has abolished same-sex marriage less than a year after it was legalised, replacing same-sex unions with domestic partnerships.
On Wednesday, Bermuda Governor John Rankin signed into law a bill that reverses an earlier Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.
The new law gives domestic partners in the British island territory similar rights as married couples – but without the legal title.
The government said the Domestic Partnership Act was “intended to strike a fair balance” between opposing parties on the conservative island.
“While the majority of Bermudians do not agree with same-sex marriage,” according to a statement on the government’s website, “it is the Government’s belief that this Act addresses this position while also complying with the European Courts by ensuring that recognition and protection for same sex couples are put in place.
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